Tuesday, June 19, 2012

baked polenta with sausage & artichokes


I love polenta but I'm not always sure what to make with it. I saw a recipe for polenta with sausage and artichokes and knew we'd have to try it. How can you go wrong with sausage and artichokes?! It smelled so wonderful that we dug right in and fixed our plates before I took any pictures!


This recipe is versatile. I simplified and changed my version a bit and it came out great. Leave out the cheese, or add more cheese. Use beef or turkey sausage instead of pork. Make it a vegetarian dish by omitting the sausage and adding some squash. I can see us making this recipe many different ways many more times.

baked polenta with sausage & artichokes
1 pound of sausage {I used mild italian sausage}
1 13 to 15 ounce can of artichoke hearts, quartered (reserve the liquid)
1 18 ounce tube of prepared polenta, sliced into quarter inch pieces
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 400*. Brown the sausage in a skillet. While that's cooking, slice your polenta and cut up your artichokes. When the sausage is done, turn off the heat, add the artichokes, reserved artichoke liquid and the parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and remove from the heat.

Starting with a scoop of the sausage and artichoke mixture, layer it with the polenta rounds in a baking dish. Pour any remaining liquid over the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until it's lightly browned and bubbly around the edges. Sprinkle with a little more parmesan and enjoy!

Fun tip: If you end up with some extra polenta rounds, re-heat that skillet, put in a small splash of olive oil, coat the polenta in parmesan and fry them up! The polenta and parmesan get nice and crispy.

Have you ever made polenta? Have you ever tried polenta? I'd recommend this this recipe for veterans or rookies. :)

xoxo, christa

4 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy! I've never cooked with polenta but I do enjoy the taste :)

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  2. I've never even tried polenta... sounds interesting.

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  3. I love polenta, great recipe, might have to try this one myself!

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  4. I made this tonight and really enjoyed it. I used jalapeno chicken sausage and the heat gave it a nice kick.

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